desensitization

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desensitization

[dee-sen-si-tuh-zey-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act or process of desensitizing.
2.
Physiology, Medicine/Medical. the elimination or reduction of natural or acquired reactivity or sensitivity to an external stimulus, as an allergen.
3.
Psychiatry. a behavior modification technique, used especially in treating phobias, in which panic or other undesirable emotional response to a given stimulus is reduced or extinguished, especially by repeated exposure to that stimulus.

Origin:
1920–25; desensitize + -ation

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desensitize or desensitise (diːˈsɛnsɪˌtaɪz)
 
vb
1.  to render insensitive or less sensitive: the patient was desensitized to the allergen; to desensitize photographic film
2.  psychol to decrease the abnormal fear in (a person) of a situation or object, by exposing him to it either in reality or in his imagination
 
desensitise or desensitise
 
vb
 
desensiti'zation or desensitise
 
n
 
desensiti'sation or desensitise
 
n
 
de'sensitizer or desensitise
 
n
 
de'sensitiser or desensitise
 
n

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desensitization de·sen·si·ti·za·tion (dē-sěn'sĭ-tĭ-zā'shən)
n.

  1. The reduction or abolition of allergic sensitivity or reactions to a specific allergen. Also called antianaphylaxis.

  2. The mitigation of an individual's emotional response to a distressing stimulus by repeated exposure to or imagination of that stimulus.

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Systematic desensitization is a technique used to treat phobias.
Systematic desensitization or exposure therapy may be used to treat phobias.
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